Takeaways from the Mets 4-3 loss to the Phillies…

Darin Ruf

The Mets were defeated by the Phillies 4-3 on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Here are my takeaways from the win…

Rich MacLeodOne mistake was enough.

Overall, the Mets actually got a pretty productive outing from Bartolo Colon tonight, who allowed eight hits and three runs in five innings. However it was one mistake, a three-run home run allowed to Darin Ruf in the 1st inning, that was enough to beat him on this night.

Aside from the home run, Colon was effective against the Phillies on Tuesday, allowing five hits–all singles–in his final four innings of the night.

The 42-year-old Colon is vying for a spot on the Mets postseason roster right now, whether or not he’ll get that spot, however, has yet to be seen. The way he’s performed lately suggests he may get that chance.

Over his last 11 starts, Colon has a 2.96 ERA.

Lucas Duda and not much else.

First thing’s first: Lucas Duda is scorching hot at the plate right now. The left-handed first baseman continued his tear in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, as he went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI on the night. Overall for Duda, that’s five home runs and 13 RBI in his last three games played dating back to Friday night.

It was the rest of the offense, however, that was disappointing in this game. Despite the two blasts by Duda and nine hits by the team, this offense never really got going.

It’s not as if the Mets didn’t have chances tonight, they were just never able to get that big hit with runners on. Their biggest opportunity in this game came in the 5th inning as the team loaded the bases with one out, but was incapable of getting a run across to score.

The offense had at least one baserunner in every inning, but went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Other notes from Tuesday:

The Mets streak of scoring three runs or more on the road was extended to 32 games.

For the 7th time this season, Lucas Duda has had a multi-homer game.

Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-5 with a strikeout at the plate, but an assist in the outfield.

Jon Niese made his 2nd career relief appearance, allowing three hits and a run in 1.2 innings.

With the loss, the Mets franchise-record 11-game road winning streak came to an end.

The Phillies victory was just their 3rd of the season in 17 meetings with the Mets.

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